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Gold Dance Patterns - 3677 Silver Samba


  • Samba 2/4


  • 54 measures of 2 beats per minute


  • Optional


  • The time required to skate 2 sequences is 59 sec

The dance begins with the partners in Kilian hold as they skate two run sequences. Steps 4 and 8, after each run sequence, are skated as a “quick cross-over slip RFI”. This is a movement in which the right free foot during the third step (LFO) of the run is held at full extension, and as it takes the ice for steps 4 and 8 (RFI cross), the left foot on becoming the free foot is quickly slipped behind and sideways across the tracing just clear of the ice, becoming fully extended and pointing downward to accentuate the rhythm.

The woman then skates an open swing three turn into closed hold, with a brief lift of the free leg after the turn (step 9) while the man skates a slide chasse with the free foot passing forward (steps 9 a and 9 b). Then the partners dance a series of chassés in the character of the Samba (steps 10–17) on a curved pattern. Steps 12–13 and 16–17 are skated as slide chassés with the man slipping his left free leg turned out and forward while the woman matches by extending her right free leg backward.

On step 18 the partners skate a two-beat deep inside swing roll (man LFI, woman RBI). Then they skate a series of chassés away from the center of the rink toward the barrier on an evenly curved pattern (steps 19 – 22). Step 23 is a two beat swing.

After both partners skate a chassé (steps 24 – 25), the man skates a three turn into Kilian hold (step 26) while the woman skates a RBO followed by a LBI cross-in-front to join the man in skating a RBO for 3 beats (step 27). The timing of the man’s three (his step 26) is unusual in that he steps on count 4 and turns on count 1 of the measure.

Both partners then skate a cross roll LBO (step 28) and on step 29 a cross-in-front right back inside and change of edge to outside with a triple swing of the free leg (forward, back, forward to coincide with the music). The rest of the dance is skated in Kilian hold, and after steps 30 and 31 the remaining steps consist of four step-chassé-step sequences (the so-called “inside chassés” as the second and third step of each are inside edges – steps 33 & 34, 36 &37, 39 & 40, and 42 & 43a), five slip/slide steps, and two inside edges with the free leg held behind, crossing the tracing. The timing of the slip steps is one, one, half (1/2), half (1/2), one (although for this last slip step – step 47- the foot remains on the ice for ½ a beat, before the ½ beat leg lift). A tuck action of the foot is required on the two inside edges steps 48 and 49.

Individual interpretation by couples to add Samba character is permitted provided that the integrity of steps, free leg positions and holds is maintained.


  • Courtney J. L. Jones and Peri V. Horne

First Performance

  • Queen’s Ice Rink, London, England, 1963


Hold  Step No.  Man’s Step  Number of Beats of Music  Woman’s Step
Kilian  LFO      LFO 
  RFI-Pr      RFI-Pr 
  LFO      LFO 
  RFI-Qcs      RFI-Qcs 
  LFO      LFO 
  RFI-Pr      RFI-Pr 
  LFO      LFO 
  RFI-Qcs      RFI-Qcs 
  9a  LFO    1+1  LFOSw3 
Closed  9b  RFI-Sl Ch       
  10  LFO    ½    RBO 
  11  RFI-Ch    ½    LBI-Ch 
  12  LFO      RBO 
  13  RFI-Qlf      LBI-Qlb 
  14  LFO    ½    RBO 
  15  RFI-Ch    ½    LBI-Ch 
  16  LFO      RBO 
  17  RFI-Qlf      LBI-Qlb 
  18  LFI-SwR      RBI-SwR 
  19  RFO    ½    LBO 
  20  LFI-Ch    ½    RBI-Ch 
  21  RFO    ½    LBO 
  22  LFI-Ch    ½    RBI-Ch 
  23  RFO-SwR      LBO-SwR 
  24  LFO    ½    RBO 
  25  RFI-Ch    ½    LBI-Ch 
  26a  LFO3  1+1    RBO 
  26b        XF-LBI 
Kilian  27  RBO      RBO 
  28  CR-LBO      CR-LBO 
  29  XF-RBIO (swing free leg forward-back-forward)   1 + 3    XF-RBIO (swing free leg forward-back-forward)
  30  XF-LBI      XF-LBI 
  31  RBO-Qlf      RBO-Qlf 
  32  LFO    ½    LFO 
  33  RFI-Ch    ½    RFI-Ch 
  34  LFI      LFI 
  35  RFO    ½    RFO 
  36  LFI-Ch    ½    LFI-Ch 
  37  RFI      RFI 
  38  LFO    ½    LFO 
  39  RFI-Ch    ½    RFI-Ch 
  40  LFI      LFI 
  41  RFO    ½    RFO 
  42  LFI-Ch    ½    LFI-Ch 
  43a  RFI      RFI 
  43b  RF-Lff      RF-Lff 
  44  LF-Rff      LF-Rff 
  45  RF-Lff    ½    RF-Lff 
  46  LF-Rff    ½    LF-Rff 
  47  RF-Lff   ½    Rf-Lff 
    Qlf at end   + ½   Qlf at end
  48  LFI      LFI 
  49  RFI      RFI 




Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union




Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union

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